AU in the News

12/05/15The Akron Beacon Journal ran an article on Ashland University receiving a gift of 2,174 to establish a Brethren Academy on its campus. AU is one of 82 schools that have received grant funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of its High School Youth Theology Institutes Initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.

“The purpose of the Brethren Academy project is to deepen the faith of young people by helping them think theologically, while developing the next generation of Brethren leaders from among high school students with denominational ties," said AU’s University Chaplain Jason Barnhart.

11/19/15The Cleveland Plain Dealer sports page featured an article on AU Head Football Coach Lee Owens on the eve of the football team's home playoff game versus Grand Valley State. The article includes an in-depth interview with Owens as well as video segments on several of the players. 



11/19/15The Cleveland Plain Dealer featured an article on AU alumnus Tony Madalone, who has both an undergraduate degree and an MBA from Ashland University. The story talks about how Madalone, founder and owner of Freshed Brewed Tees, is expanding with a second retail location in the past year. Starting on Saturday, the Cleveland-centric and player themed business plans to open a retail location at the West Side Market. The article notes that Madalone starting selling vintage T-shirts when he was a student at AU.


11/18/15John Dowdell, director of AU's Gill Center Outreach, has been interviewed by Wall Street Journal, CNN, BuzzFeed and a couple of TV stations regarding the university’s partnership with JPay’s Lantern tablet education program, which has led to the enrolling of inmates over two semesters in Chillicothe, Grafton, Richland, Lake Erie, Mansfield, Correctional Camp and Ohio Department of Youth Service institutions. Inmates who enroll in the education program are issued JPay’s 10-inch secure JP5 tablets by the university (the tablets can also be purchased by inmates’ families through JPay). 

Dowdell has consulted with JPay for two years now in the development of the educational tablet (JP5) and secure learning management system (Lantern) that they are now releasing to the correctional market. It is a corrections grade, cloud-based internet solution for education that utilizes kiosks and secure cloud network to deliver educational content to inmates.

“We have piloted the JP5/Lantern in AU programs and have expanded our reach and delivery using it. We will begin teaching AU courses in two Louisiana correctional facitlities during Spring Semester 2016 using the network,” Dowdell said. “We also structured our response to the U.S. Department of Education ESI for Incarcerated Pell Grants to include an online Associate of Arts degree.”

Dowdell, who runs the correctional education program at AU, also serves as co-editor of The Journal of Correctional Education. AU's program is the oldest postsecondary correctional program in the U.S.

10/17/15The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran an article titled "City Steels Itself for Change"that quoted Dr. Robert Rogers, who is a retired Ashland University professor of economics. Rogers is the author of “An Economic History of the American Steel Industry,” published in 2009.

Daivon Barrow, a junior linebacker from Eastmoor Academy.  Barrow was injured in AU's first game this season and later had surgery. He is now out until spring ball.

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9/16/15The Wall Street Journal ran an opinion piece about Dr. Peter Schramm titled "A Professor Who Put Teaching First." The op-ed article was written by Jason Stevens, who teaches history and political science at Ashland University. Schramm, who was a professor of history and political science and also served as executive director of the Ashbrook Center for many years, passed away last month. See the article below:

By JASON STEVENS Sept. 15, 2015 --  When I first met Peter W. Schramm, who died last month at 68, he was in his office at Ashland University, smoking a cigarette and reading a book. It was 2003 and I, a high-school senior, was there to interview for the Ashbrook scholar program, an intensive course of study in history and political science. I remember almost everything about that meeting. He criticized me for deciding to write my high school thesis on “power” in politics. He scoffed when I admitted that I never read out loud. We spent nearly half an hour on Abraham Lincoln, and why in the Gettysburg Address he had called the principle of human equality a “proposition” instead of a self-evident truth, as Thomas Jefferson had done. At that point, Schramm jumped out of his chair and gestured wildly. “Dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal!” he exclaimed. “Do you see it?” When I came out of that room, I was totally defeated, with no hope of attending Ashland University in the fall. Then Schramm emerged and quietly announced that I was in, if I wanted it. He explained that I’d have to “work like a dog” and threatened that if I ever came to class unprepared, he would casually slide a quarter across my desk and say, “Call home. You’re done.” This was my first encounter with the man. In the dozen years since, I got to know Schramm first as a teacher, later as a friend and colleague. He had spent his childhood in Soviet Hungary, but as his father told him when the family left for the U.S. in 1956: “We were born Americans, but in the wrong place.” After earning a Ph.D. in government, he helped found the Claremont Institute and worked in the Reagan Education Department before becoming a professor. Schramm published little, but this was only because he put teaching first. His office was always full of students wanting to tear off a bit of wisdom. Schramm probably missed more than a few meetings to continue these conversations, which ranged from an obscure passage of Plato, to a moving line of poetry, to practical questions of life and happiness. Schramm taught his students how to think and live well, how to be prudent and judge wisely, how to seek the just and the true. He began his freshman course by asking about the nature of the acorn. After several false starts, someone would say, “To become the oak tree.” Once the truth had revealed itself, Schramm would react with palpable joy—a loud outburst, a fist pounded on the lectern, a little hop. He reveled in our successes mostly, I think, because he loved what was good and saw the potential for good in us. The great oak has now vanished from the face of the earth. But, thank God, he has left behind thousands of tiny acorns that continue to grow. Mr. Stevens teaches history and political science at Ashland University in Ohio.

9/16/15The Washington Post published an article, titled "Is resetting tuition the solution to the broken college pricing model?," in which Ashland University is noted for being one of the schools that has implemented a tuition reset over the past several years.



9/09/15iHeartMedia radio stations ran an article on Ashland University's ranking in the top 200 colleges and universities in the National Universities category of the recently released 2016 college rankings by U.S. News and World Report. The segment included an interview with AU President Dr. Carlos Campo.